Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS)

The Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science Program (GEMS) is a research program offered by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). Known to its participants as GEMS, this summer internship opportunity offers a small stipend, mentoring and hands-on research activities for 5th - 12th grade students in Army laboratories across the country.

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Organized by age, grade and experience level, GEMS students focus on research topics ranging from science, engineering, and mathematics to computational sciences, computational biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry and biology.

AEOP is comprised of Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships and practical experiences designed to engage and guide students and teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. For additional information regarding the AEOP, click here.

All laboratories used for GEMS programs vary in structure so students can choose the locations that best fit their individual interests. GEMS’ mission is to excite students and ignite their passion for science in accordance with real-life Army experiences through these overarching goals:

• Cultivate curiosity
• Encourage students to take advanced courses
• Enroll participants for rigorous and competitive scientific scholarship
• Offer opportunities for student interns to conduct research in a working laboratory
• Provide active learning experiments that merge concept with technical skills
• Challenge students with advanced protocols

With a variety of GEMS programs located all over the country, students are asked to submit an application and have the opportunity to select their preferred program sites, which include:

• Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, Maryland
• Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Maryland
• The Army Research Lab, Adelphi, Maryland
• The Army Research Lab, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
• The Engineer Research and Development Center, Champaign, Illinois
• The Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi
• Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, Huntsville, Alabama
• Hood College, Fort Detrick, Maryland
• U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), Natick, Massachusetts
• U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), San Antonio, Texas
• U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL), Fort Rucker, Alabama
• Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES), Dover Air Force Base, Delaware


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